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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are in the process of returning to New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.

Internal Noise

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub:  Sound Off! – Quadrille #33  (posted by Victoria) – “sound” There are sounds no one can hear, except you. Plunge–your stomach sinking when you hear bad news. Ba-boom, Ba-boom–your rapid heart beats when in love. … Continue reading

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fragments and phrases

Written for:  Carpe Diem Universal Jane #17 fragment and phrase This episode I love to ask you all to create haiku (or tanka) in which you use the fragment and phrase theory as stated by Jane Reichhold, just to honor … Continue reading

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Jilted for Stilton

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #300 Words:  stilted, wonder, trips, trace, tire, line, three, sing, flimsy, run, message, shine Three trips today.  He runs back for forth giving me flimsy excuses. Oh how I tire of his lines–I forgot … Continue reading

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Nature’s Constant

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Weekend Challenge – The News (posted by Brendan) The amount of news we are now confronted with is immense. In 2011, information scientists deduced that Americans took in five times as much information … Continue reading

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“dandelion, dandelion”

Written for:  Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #12 dandelion, dandelion (Ogiwara Seisensui) dandelion dandelion on the sandy beach spring opens its eyes                         © Ogiwara Seisensui youngsters … Continue reading

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Bare Walls and Sunshine

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Bits of Inspiration ~ Mixed Media Art  (imagined by Susie) Mixed media is a term used to describe artworks composed from a combination of different media or materials.  Actually as poets, writers, we … Continue reading

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Just Another Sad Holiday

Written for:  Carpe Diem Namasté, The Spiritual Way #9, Mother’s Day “I have sought the Internet for some information about this holiday and I ran into the following:” ‘Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the … Continue reading

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Built For Two

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Bicycles, Tricycles, or Unicycles (posted by Susan) Your Challenge: There are far fewer poems with a cycling motif than there should be. Let’s fix that! “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Fear

Written for:  Poetic Asides #393 Write a pieces poem. Neighbors knew he carried a piece, prayed his lease would soon be up.    all they wanted was a little peace Bully since childhood, he did not cease, becoming a gangster–ruthless, … Continue reading

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What Colors Are Your Emotions?

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub:  Sensory Play  (posted by Mish) We know the importance of using the five senses in our poetry and how it enriches the imagery for the reader. A scene of nature, for example becomes more alive … Continue reading

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